Earlier this year we reported that each year the IOQ International Presidents select the best paper given at an Institute conference, seminar, meeting etc anywhere in the world which is adjudged to have contributed the most to the advancement of some aspect of the industry – either technical, environmental, strategic etc.

McDonalds Lime, Oparure Quarry, had already secured three trophies at the Institute of Quarrying / Aggregates and Quarrying Annual Conference held in Auckland in 2008:
* Winstone Aggregates Safety Award
* MIMICO Environmental Excellence Award
* Quarry & Mining Magazine Community & Social Sustainability Award

To have a paper recognised internationally (the Caernarfon Award) was the “icing on the cake”

NZ President, George Kelcher was present at the International Presidents’ Meeting held this year (2009) prior to the Southern Africa Conference (Durban) where this year’s entries were judged. And now at the Invercargill conference he really enjoyed presenting the Caernarfon Award to Darcy Maddern.